Richmond Community College faculty and staff applauded student Scot Shields for receiving the N.C. Community Colleges 2014 Academic Excellence Award during an employee meeting.
Shields, of Rockingham, graduated from RCC’s rigorous Electric Utility Substation and Relay Technology (EUSRT) program on May 10 with a 3.683 grade-point average.
Shields graduated from Richmond Senior High School in 2006 and went to college at Florida State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He returned home and worked a couple years at his uncle’s electrical contracting business before deciding to enroll in the EUSRT program at RCC. The two-year associate degree program put him on the pathway to a promising career in the power utility industry.
“Coming back to RCC is the smartest decision I’ve made, and I’ve had a lot of doors open for me with the education I’ve received here at RCC,” Shields said. “This award is an honor and humbling for me.”
Shields gained firsthand experience and knowledge while interning at a Duke Energy plant in Greenville, S.C., last summer. The internship positioned him for a job within the utility industry, and he has had several job offers and interviews.
“Scot is a great example of a student working hard and taking advantage of his abilities to excel in a challenging program that will lead to a promising career,” Dr. Dale McInnis, RCC president, said.